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Agonizer by Kai Aras & Jakob Haq

Kai Aras worked with Jakob Haq to create Agonizer! This mono synth is Jakob's, "Dream Bass Synthesizer!"

The synth engine starts with 2 wavetable synthesizers, and includes built-in "mangling" effects. The app distinguishes itself from the pack with a Wobulator LFO sequencer. Agonizer arrives with all of the features! AUv3, Audiobus/IAA, Ableton Link, and even MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE).

Agonizer

Agonizer is a monophonic synthesizer designed in collaboration with YouTuber and synth bass expert Jakob Haq of haQ attaQ

Overview:
* Monophonic Synth Engine with focus on Bass
* Built-in stereo effects
* 140+ fine tuned factory presets designed by Jakob Haq
* Supports ROLI Seaboard and other MPE controllers out of the box
* Standalone operation with support for USB audio interfaces, wired, network & bluetooth MIDI
* Audio Unit v3 Extension
* Inter App Audio support
* Audiobus support
* Ableton Link

Synth Voice:
* Dual Wavetable Oscillators with 40+ Wavetables, Morphing & X-Mod
* Dedicated sub osc & noise source
* Mangle Section with pre-filter Drive, Bitcrush, Lift and Push controls
* VA Ladder filter
* Wobulator (Highly tweak-able Sequenced LFO)
* LFO with Key and BPM Sync
* Variable Slope AD & ADSR Envelopes
* Tube based master drive

Effects:
* 2x stereo effect units
* Vintage Chorus
* Digital Delay

Presets:
* Factory bank including 140+ presets designed by Jakob Haq
* Preset Management with Templates & Categories
* Shared User Presets between Standalone and AUv3 versions
* Preset Export & Import

Connectivity:
* Standalone
* AUv3 Instrument
* Inter-App Audio Instrument
* Audiobus Instrument

Requirements:
* iOS12+
* iPad Air 2 or newer

There are already Agonizer demos from Gavinski's Tutorials, Nu-Trix, and Electronisounds. Embedded here is the official video from Jakob Haq!

Reader Comments 22

I’m not a fan of edm / wub wub music but the actual bass sounds seemed good so I’m sure I’ll use it .
Instant buy .

Also off to buy another bleass app too..... damn this website ..
November 11, 2020  | person Re5etuk
I am absolutely averse to this wobble fad. Anything that makes music sound more samey turns me off.

Also, that damned flashy angry face ad on this site continues to irritate me. At this point I wish I could target my ad blocker specifically AT it. Ads like that are EXACTLY what drove me to ad blocking tools.

EDIT: Yay for blocking tools that work on specific content. Too bad I can't do this on iOS, which is where I usually am looking at this site. I don't mind the static ads, just the animated ones, and ESPECIALLY that stupid yellow knob-faced flashy thing!
November 11, 2020  | person dysamoria
On November 11, 2020 - @dysamoria said:
At this point I wish I could target my ad blocker specifically AT it. Ads like that are EXACTLY what drove me to ad blocking tools.

There's totally no-ads experience for Discchord's patrons! ;)
November 11, 2020  | favorite_border eVr
@dysamoria: You are not alone in hating that ad... but it's my favorite! Perhaps one of us is failing the Rorschach test here, because I see it as a happy face. I like happy faces, and I like synths, so I dig it!
On November 11, 2020 - @eVr said:

There's totally no-ads experience for Discchord's patrons! ;)

I don’t subscribe to things. I live on disability and struggle to move forward anything in my life at all. I spent some money on things I want to work on for the first time in ages today and it was agony. I normally sit in paralysis over being unable to prioritize what to spend money on because I have nothing but number one priorities and only one “money”...
November 16, 2020  | person dysamoria
On November 11, 2020 - @Tim Webb said:
@dysamoria: You are not alone in hating that ad... but it's my favorite! Perhaps one of us is failing the Rorschach test here, because I see it as a happy face. I like happy faces, and I like synths, so I dig it!

It sure starts out angry. Then there’s the animation. I don’t want animation in ads. And the face overall. I don’t want anthropomorphic objects or human faces in ads. I don’t want motion at all. A good ad is quiet and unassuming. This one... it’s like a self-entitled, narcissistic attention whore.
November 16, 2020  | person dysamoria
I swear that ad is being picked even more often now...
November 16, 2020  | person dysamoria
On November 16, 2020 - @dysamoria said:
I swear that ad is being picked even more often now...

I promise you that the ad selection is entirely random. But random is chaos. As discchord is built out of Python and prayers to the primordial gods of entropy, I strongly encourage you to avoid angering the site's randomization algorithm!
On November 17, 2020 - @Tim Webb said:

I promise you that the ad selection is entirely random. But random is chaos. As discchord is built out of Python and prayers to the primordial gods of entropy, I strongly encourage you to avoid angering the site's randomization algorithm!

So you’re saying that I’m not being personally targeted for persecution just yet, but I MIGHT be later if I don’t commit some ritual act of obedience to the tech gods...

😆
November 19, 2020  | person dysamoria
On November 19, 2020 - @dysamoria said:

So you’re saying that I’m not being personally targeted for persecution just yet, but I MIGHT be later if I don’t commit some ritual act of obedience to the tech gods...

😆
Oh, nah. These are elder gods. They don't care about any of that. Humans are gnats to the ancients. You can pray and make all the sacrifices you want, but no self-respecting god lets humans dictate anything. They don't even care about "faith" or worship. For all you know the ants under your house might believe in you. Hell, maybe they even worship you. It does them as much good as the devotion of the most pious human.
A miracle! I'm mistaken! Not that me being mistaken is a miracle. I mean a real miracle!

The dev contacted me today out of the blue to replace that ad with a new one. I asked if he had seen these comments and he hadn't... but based on these comments he added hearts to the new one for you.

This is actually one of the eeriest synchronicities to happen with the site. That ad has been unchanged for ages. Now suddenly it changes after I invoke the Eldritch, and you offered a ritual act. If I were you, I'd keep up my end of the deal!
It amazes me to see that virtually none of these comments are related to the actual app. Way to go, guys and gals.....
November 26, 2020  | person nreyes
On November 19, 2020 - @Tim Webb said:
A miracle! I'm mistaken! Not that me being mistaken is a miracle. I mean a real miracle!

The dev contacted me today out of the blue to replace that ad with a new one. I asked if he had seen these comments and he hadn't... but based on these comments he added hearts to the new one for you.

This is actually one of the eeriest synchronicities to happen with the site. That ad has been unchanged for ages. Now suddenly it changes after I invoke the Eldritch, and you offered a ritual act. If I were you, I'd keep up my end of the deal!

That's funny, LOL

I will remove the block to see what the ad looks like now...
November 27, 2020  | person dysamoria
On November 26, 2020 - @nreyes said:
It amazes me to see that virtually none of these comments are related to the actual app. Way to go, guys and gals.....

I started by talking about the wobble fad. I hate it. The app has no further interest to me beyond that context.
November 27, 2020  | person dysamoria
@Tim Webb
Oh, it got by the block already. I saw that ad earlier before I saw my mentions. It is definitely nowhere near as irritating as the prior ad. I will leave it unblocked! 😅

EDIT 6: I have no idea why the mention thing doesn't seem to work when manually typed...
November 27, 2020  | person dysamoria
Nah, I take it back: that new ad is starting to get on my nerves. It's the motion. There's too much movement, in terms of how big the movement area is and how fast it moves.

Think of it like this: cats seem to be incapable of NOT reacting to movement. It's hard-wired into their nervous systems to chase moving things. Humans have a similar instinctive programming, but it's not generally as intense. But I feel like a cat: it makes me angry to have my attention drawn away from where I intend it to be.

I'm not alone in this, I know, but I also don't think that complaint is some kind of social faux pas. Fuck that. When I see shit is wrong, I call it out.

Electronic billboards, for example, along roadways are a fucking dangerous.

Animated ads aren't dangerous, but they're definitely distracting. Advertisers KNOW this and that's WHY they do this. THAT is why ad-blocking was invented.

Now, the ad at the top of the page was the only one that irritated me on this site. Was. There's apparently a Google Adsense panel on the bottom of the pages now, and, as I type this comment, it is constantly changing and irritating me because it's competing for my attention. The ad is "Bleass Effects Suite". It's less animated, but it IS flashing in my peripheral view because the content goes white and then new darker content appears.

When I go to public spaces that have music or TVs going, I fucking hate it. It interferes with my focus, it's distracting, and it gets in the way of having conversation with my girlfriend.

I don't know why so many people seem to be virtually insensate to all the constant distraction bullshit in the USA, because there's a LOT of this shit here and people are seemingly acculturated to it. But then, I'm also way more attentive and alert compared to my "fellow" Americans, which also irritates me. I wish I lived in a state that banned billboards outright, but those digital ones are HORRIBLE. They're also insanely BRIGHT at night

The internet is a fucking hellhole with ads. I can't even read news without having multiple videos bombarding me. They usually are blocked in terms of audio, but they still play. They still waste bandwidth and they still are visually distracting. It's fucking insanity.
November 27, 2020  | person dysamoria
To make the mention thing work manually you need to add a colon after the name. This is because I allow for spaces in usernames, and it's way easier for the code to figure out when a name ends if you add a colon to it at the end. @dysamoria: Like this!

On November 27, 2020 - @dysamoria said:
The internet is a fucking hellhole with ads. I can't even read news without having multiple videos bombarding me. They usually are blocked in terms of audio, but they still play. They still waste bandwidth and they still are visually distracting. It's fucking insanity.
Yeah... but what's the alternative? Advertisers make discchord possible, and advertisers want your attention.

I agree that some sites are going bonkers with those annoying video pop-ups that follow you all over. And how in the hell did it become okay to have pop-ups again? We went through that in the bad old days! Why did pop-ups become permissible again? I'm definitely not going to do that shit here, ever, but if an advertiser in the current spots wants to be flashy to get attention; so be it.

Because what's the alternative? Drop ads? I've got a lot of great Patron support. I consider myself very lucky to have the huge support I've gotten from this community. If you combine the monthly Patreon campaign, the per video Patreon campaign, and Timmeon campaign, it is a bit less than $200/mo. I spend at least 4 hours every weekday on the site, and about 1-2 on the weekends. For rough math let's say I spend 25 hours on the site each week.

$200 per month/4 weeks = $50 per week
$50 per week/25 hours per week = I'll need a real job if I'm only making $2/hour here.
@Tim Webb:

I don’t have an answer within the context of today’s “accepted” marketing, laissez-faire capitalism, and toxic culture. If I was self-employed (and I have considered it, but I got nothing anyone wants to pay to have), I would absolutely hate self-promotion and marketing of my thing, whatever it might be (and I say again, there ain’t fuck all that I can think to try to sell, be it product or skill, because our society doesn’t give a shit about anything I value, and the few people who DO give a shit are already giving their money to others who have way more tolerance for frustration and marketing of their thing than I ever could). I subsist on disability and there seems to be no path back to income for me. I don’t hate on people who are finding their own way financially; I envy them. There’s a lot of good people making a lot of good stuff, and I’d support at least some of them if I had money to share.

I really don’t mind a few unobtrusive, barely moving or static ads. I really don’t. Why does it have to be all about pushing and distraction for people who want to sell stuff? Why does my YouTube content have to be actively and arbitrarily interrupted by an ad that’s also twice as loud as the content I’m watching?? (This happens on the Vizio TV my girlfriend got for us; it is exactly what I wanted to avoid when I was resistant to buying an “Asshole TV”,, so I will probably either get an Apple TV with hopefully less maddening UI & ad experience (??), or go back to sitting in front of my iMac or iPad when I’m watching things on my own).

Most marketing actively turns me OFF and AWAY from companies and their products. I’m muting almost every twitter account that shows me a “promoted” tweet. But I keep hearing that advertising WORKS, so what the fuck. I guess I’m a dogdamned alien being.

The mere presence of ads on smaller sites like yours bothers me WAY less than ads being thrown at me when I’m ALREADY on a web store, like Amazon, or on a news site where they already can’t just let me read an article without pushing other articles in spaces between paragraphs. But the ads on web stores are the worst: I absolutely hate that I am being bombarded with ads when I’m already there to spend my money. It’s offensive.

Your site... it’s just that one guy’s ads, I guess. I actually have anxiety about looking at the top of the page or watching it load, because I have repeatedly been irritated by his ad. It’s something i don’t want and when I repeatedly have shit I don’t want forced at me, I get stressed. It sounds stupid, but I’m really fed up with shit in my life that I am forced to deal with. It’s been so bad that, yes, little shit feels much more irritating than it otherwise ought to.

Sorry for all the ranting, and thanks for being interactive and understanding about it. I’m in no way feeling hostility to you or anything like that. 😊 I’m glad you’re here. I like your site and I like your personality-filled content! I might not always agree with you, but that’s fine because you’re someone I find I can respect.
November 28, 2020  | person dysamoria
On November 28, 2020 - @dysamoria said:
Your site... it’s just that one guy’s ads, I guess. I actually have anxiety about looking at the top of the page or watching it load, because I have repeatedly been irritated by his ad. It’s something i don’t want and when I repeatedly have shit I don’t want forced at me, I get stressed. It sounds stupid, but I’m really fed up with shit in my life that I am forced to deal with. It’s been so bad that, yes, little shit feels much more irritating than it otherwise ought to.

Sorry for all the ranting, and thanks for being interactive and understanding about it. I’m in no way feeling hostility to you or anything like that. 😊 I’m glad you’re here. I like your site and I like your personality-filled content! I might not always agree with you, but that’s fine because you’re someone I find I can respect.

I'm glad you shared, because now I get where you're coming from.

I've been disabled with chronic pain. I spent my 20th birthday alone. I'd been nearly-bed-ridden with a spinal injury for so long, that I lost touch with everyone. I was in constant debilitating pain all day long. I was also recovering for substance abuse issues at the time, so I couldn't take anything stronger than Naproxen for the pain. I seriously fucking wish we had legal CBD back then. I remember, very well, how even the slightest slight could sometimes be too much to bare.
On November 28, 2020 - @Tim Webb said:

I'm glad you shared, because now I get where you're coming from.

I've been disabled with chronic pain. I spent my 20th birthday alone. I'd been nearly-bed-ridden with a spinal injury for so long, that I lost touch with everyone. I was in constant debilitating pain all day long. I was also recovering for substance abuse issues at the time, so I couldn't take anything stronger than Naproxen for the pain. I seriously fucking wish we had legal CBD back then. I remember, very well, how even the slightest slight could sometimes be too much to bare.

🤗 Physical and mental anguish together are awful. Of course one tends to lead to the other. I’m sorry you went through that. Is the chronic pain still an ongoing thing?
November 30, 2020  | person dysamoria
On November 30, 2020 - @dysamoria said:

🤗 Physical and mental anguish together are awful. Of course one tends to lead to the other. I’m sorry you went through that. Is the chronic pain still an ongoing thing?
Fortunately not for the spinal pain! I don't think I'd be alive today if that was still an issue. I have a very high pain tolerance. I played hockey, among many other sports. I've broken so many bones. I can take the pain without much complaint... But nerve pain is something else. It isn't even the pain that's the worst part. It is the way your nerves all go completely fucking weird. After years of that I can't even cope with a small amount of nerve pain without going into some kind of low-grade PTSD panic. I'm a terrible dental patient, and have to find a dentist with a lot of patience!

It took over 3 years for my HMO to run me through enough specialists before they found one that would diagnose and treat my injury; instead of passing me along to his next specialist buddy. By that point there was some lasting damage, and that required several more years of physical therapy... but by this point I was no longer covered by my parents' insurance, so there was a gap before I was able to seek it. I honestly lost track of how much time I spent in physical therapy, but every second of that agony was worth it! I was finally fully fixed up around the same time I started discchord. I started doing discchordy things at the start of 2011. I was starting to really feel fixed by my birthday in August, when I registered the discchord domain.

I have unrelated chronic knee pain, but that's easily treated with a couple of drops of CBD (full-spectrum) oil under my tongue. That's all it takes. 2 little drops under my tongue every day before dinner and I have no knee pain in my life.
On November 30, 2020 - @Tim Webb said:
Fortunately not for the spinal pain! I don't think I'd be alive today if that was still an issue. I have a very high pain tolerance. I played hockey, among many other sports. I've broken so many bones. I can take the pain without much complaint... But nerve pain is something else. It isn't even the pain that's the worst part. It is the way your nerves all go completely fucking weird. After years of that I can't even cope with a small amount of nerve pain without going into some kind of low-grade PTSD panic. I'm a terrible dental patient, and have to find a dentist with a lot of patience!

It took over 3 years for my HMO to run me through enough specialists before they found one that would diagnose and treat my injury; instead of passing me along to his next specialist buddy. By that point there was some lasting damage, and that required several more years of physical therapy... but by this point I was no longer covered by my parents' insurance, so there was a gap before I was able to seek it. I honestly lost track of how much time I spent in physical therapy, but every second of that agony was worth it! I was finally fully fixed up around the same time I started discchord. I started doing discchordy things at the start of 2011. I was starting to really feel fixed by my birthday in August, when I registered the discchord domain.

I have unrelated chronic knee pain, but that's easily treated with a couple of drops of CBD (full-spectrum) oil under my tongue. That's all it takes. 2 little drops under my tongue every day before dinner and I have no knee pain in my life.


I’m glad to hear that the PT helped.

My one companion is still recovering from nerve damage fans probably bone integrity damage) caused by a cancer tumor in her sacrum. The improvements are great since the time she started getting treatment (which didn’t start until catastrophic and debilitating pain forced hospital testing)... but she struggles with the comparison to *before cancer*. Being able to be in any position other than prone, then being able to walk again, then being able to put on socks and descend stairs... It’s all great recovery but she still suffers continuing nerve pain and continues to have multiple mini injuries. It’s left her feeling helpless to improve (and the cancer isn’t curable, so there’s been a shortening of her natural lifespan). Encouraging her to do PT regularly has been difficult.

I’ve had my own bout of incapacity due to back injury. I injured my psoas muscles and ruptured a disc just by dashing from bed to stop a cat puking on my carpet... had to use a walker for two weeks just to struggle to the toilet and back to bed. It was scary and now I’m more apt to have back injuries of various types. I started walking more, jogging, even, but I was working on physical fitness BEFORE the injury happened.

It’s so easy to be discouraged by physical issues. Feeling betrayed by our own bodies is bad enough. When the healthcare system is set up to fail us...
December 01, 2020  | person dysamoria
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